This Day In Astro History

Launch of Mars Express
Mars Express launches from Baikonur

Venera 15
Venera 15

June 2

2003 - The Mars Express orbiter, carrying the British-built lander, Beagle 2, launches on a Russian Soyuz-Fregat. The rocket blasted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 1845 BST (1745 GMT)

1983 - Venera 15 Launch. A two spacecraft mission (along with Venera 16) designed to use 8 cm band side-looking radar mappers to study the surface properties of Venus.

1966 - The first U.S. spacecraft to land softly on the Moon Surveyor 1 proved a variety of new equipment and spacecraft design and validated the technique for landing on the Moon. It returned a large quantity of scientific data during its first two days of operation on the lunar surface. Following its landing the spacecraft transmitted 11,240 high-resolution television pictures. Surveyor 1 completed its primary mission on July 14, 1966.
Mars Express
Mars Express on its way to the Red Planet.

Surveyor 1
Footpad of Surveyor 1
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